this podcast is a gift. like three angels holding your hand as you walk through the apocalypse.. wrapping you in love and teaching you how to look it in the face. to feel all of it.. and continue onward with visions, possibility, and dreams. thank you Toshi, Adrienne, and Octavia. so grateful for the wisdom you share..
A Grounding Practice in a time of flux.
Thank you for bringing this series to life! This podcast is a deep dive into a book about strength, perseverance, and survival, while the main characters are trying to grow and maintain their humanity during the apolcalyse. I mean this is in best way possible… this podcast must be what bible study and discussion groups must be like for devout Christians. Adrienne and Toshi are the coolest, most down to earth, hosts! Their analyses and invitations to explore the topics for ourselves have invited some deep introspection. I hadn’t explored any of their work until this podcast, but I’ve fallen deeply in love with what I know about them now, and look forward to learning more.
A deep dive into a very intense story that is chilling to hear in 2021
Chapter by chapter review of the books along with social commentary and suggstions for how people can understand teh lessons from the books and apply them to their lives
This is the podcast of my dreams, literally. It’s a course in the socially relevant points of one of my favorite authors that is ALSO practically useful for my own transformative justice practice.
Great literary podcast
Using a novel as a frame for political discussion is a good setup. Hope they or others cover other works by Butler in the future! Butler needs to be taught more in schools.
Critical reading companion
I am so deeply grateful for this podcast. I’ve been catching up in the podcast to where I am reading. The reflections of Toshi and Adrienne have been incredible ways to stretch my thinking and learning, finding empathy for unsavory characters and considering how Butler’s writing can help me reclaim my humanity in our present distress
Real hearts talking clearly
I’m deeply grateful to have found Octavia with this guidance. Yoshi was already a powerful presence at 16 when Sweet Honey introduced her at Michigan Womyns Music Fest. Ca me across this podcast to see what Toshi up to now. 1 episode and I immediately read Parables. Allergic to violence and science fiction. But Octavia was describing actual current reality so I took the wounds because Lauren’s empathy took mine right to the cross. So I had to bear the dystopia and get some skills. Thank you for the music!
This podcast is such a gift! I’m in Northern California surviving wildfires, reading the Parables, listening to this Podcast, teaching throughout a pandemic, thinking deeply about the teachings of EARTHSEED, and planting my garden. Also, it was deeply moving to hear the commentary about folks experiencing wildfires in CA and the need for teachers to hold space for student’s to grieve in Ch. 13.
Powerful, Raw, Vitall
I look forward to each chapter and learn so much from their review and reflections of the Parables. Their conversation is genuine, thoughtful, and nurturing to the listener. The music is phenomenal.
Blessed be. Thank you for this gift. This is pure soul. Octavia and Earthseed live on and on. As someone who still had not read the Parable books, this is the best way to enter. When I read it soon listening again to this it will be even more rich. Thank you.
jennifer nagle myers
Totally Necessary for Our Times
This is a really great read through of Octavia Butler. Even though the topics covered might sometimes be heavy, there is a real joy and wonder that the hosts bring.
So Excited to Find This Podcast!
One episode in and I’m sold! I’ve reread Parable of the Sower so many times...it’s the one book I come back to again and again...so I’m thrilled to listen to this discussion. I only wish I had learned of it from the beginning when I was drowning my election anxieties in my umpteenth reread!
New favorite podcast
Thank you for the thoughtful discussion. Looking forward to catching up!
Extremely important podcast!
After finishing Parable of the Sower and Kindred, I recommended Octavia Butler’s books to so many people, but I couldn’t find anyone who had read them to discuss with. I’m so excited to dive into the discussions and get previews to her other books.
This show is helping me build my pleasure practice of reading after completing an intense doctorate journey. The podcast is right on time and feels so spiritual, healthy, and cutting edge - what I need right now. I also love black women being tender and loving to each other - and that sentiment is demonstrated in the discussions in the podcast. Thank you!
I love this podcast so much. These women are helping to create new ideas and language as we heave ourselves forward into a future that I want to be a part of. I am new to Parable of the Sower and enjoying the questions, current topics and emotional considerations of ourselves as humans in time and place. The book is a powerful way to look at where we are now. Thank you so much for the brain food
The podcast is soooo great! It’s helpful, and important, and challenging, and interesting, and beautiful
This book literally changed my life, and the podcast was a huge part of that. Toshi and adrienne are brilliant.
It’s been a long time coming. Just started. Prophecy...wow!
Geeky Black Girl
For lovers of Octavia
Thx Toshi and Adrienne! Loved listening to your recaps, questions, songs, and thoughts on each episode! Can’t wait to hear the Talents with you.
Robert C Trujillo
Beautiful & intriguing
Even if you’ve never read Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (if so, start reading right away), this podcast makes the meanings and the uncanny resonances of the book open to everyone.
Listening to adrienne and Toshi talk, ask questions, and reflect on each chapter of Parable of the Sower is a joy each week. Huge bonus to hear the music from the Parable of the Sower Opera!
Thank you thank you adrienne and Toshi! I purchased new copies for a reread as a birthday present to myself last month because I wanted to move through these books with you. It has been such a blessing, and a sun around which to orbit my mind in this tumultuous moment. Wisdom and beauty and vision.
Two beautiful people doing deep teaching
I have found this podcast (along with Octavia Butler’s work) to be the most important learning opportunity in these days and the most transformative for my future. Thank you Toshi and Adrienne for this gift.
If you love the book you’ll love the podcast:)
Truly incredible love Toshi and amb’s scholarship
Yay for this show
I am so happy that Toshi and adrienne are doing this show. These are really rich conversations about books I already love. Toshi’s music is profound and beautiful.
Like living room love
This podcasts feels like I am sitting in the living room with my fam. Love them! They are pulling out such wisdoms from the book that I had NEVER thought of. LOVE you! Thanks for your time adrienne and Toshi! Your music is beautiful. Love it
Brilliance on top of brilliance
Just love everything that y’all produce. This podcast makes me think, feel, and imagine- what else could I hope for? Thank you!
deeper still: Octavia, adrienne Toshi, and FRIENDS!!
We are 3 long-time friends, Ann, Barb, and Anna. First we read Emergent Strategy together, then followed adrienne’s advice to read Octavia Butler. The book and complementary podcast is so rich, we really look forward to meeting every Wednesday. We’re amazed at how much depth we can get to, that we missed when just reading the chapter w/out adrienne and Toshi! We’re elders, and have been activists together for 40 years, but now in different parts of the country. Ann in Oberlin, Barb in Brattleboro, and me still in Lansing, where we all met 45 years ago. LOVE this podcast, so grateful!! and what a great feast over which to connect with friends! The music, we LOVE the music!!
I’m so incredibly grateful for this podcast. Hearing their thoughts and discussions on this work in such a thorough way is truly a gift to our time and my life, providing much needed guidance on how to be a positive force in the world. I learn so much with each episode and always need to re-listen in order to absorb the amount of wisdom expressed.
Timely, Joyful, and Needed
Beyond grateful for this fantastic podcast, read along and bring your reading into deep study with these masters. Thank you so much for your work i listen to every episode <3
Thank you all for this amazing show and offering. It is fuel for shaping change.
A good soaking
An amazing show to soak in and allow to wash over you. I’m learning so much simply through allowing the discussion, music, quotes and incredible voices wash over me. Like a warm, deep soak.
Getting me through
Balanced mix of realism, dreaming, imagining and analysis, bringing us lessons and reality checks and hope and comfort. What i turn to right now to help myself exhale, plan without frantic spiralIng, allow my shoulders to drop and my brain to be active but in a reflective and calmer way. Thank you. I need this. I remember Octavia’s lessons with this. I chop vegetables and shower and take my daily walks and cry and sing to this. Appreciate yall.
Great discussion and relating of Parable
The hosts of this podcast perfectly adapt the events and themes of Ms. Butler’s novel to the events that happening currently. The questions they ask are thought-provoking and could not be more relevant and necessary to ask in these times.
Inquisitive and insightful
Toshi and Adrienne’s work and this podcast really helps delve deep into each of the chapters of the Parable of the Sower and even though the Parable is already so relevant the podcast makes it even more relevant to me as a person listening, going from societal connections to individual connections so I really appreciate the work!
Critical, Thoughtful & Provoking
Loving this podcast so much. Very grateful for adrienne and Toshi’s wisdom. The questions are so alive, pulsing with a kind of energy that draws you into yourself and then into the earth.
Thank you thank you thank you. Your two voices are a dream. I am healed by your conversation and questions. Thank you.
Such deep, profound discussion. You both have inspired me in so many ways.
Angie Love Midwife
Sanity in an insane time
Love this podcast. I had started reading Emergent Strategy and there were so many references to Octavia Butler’s work that I got the Parable I’d the Sower to try to more deeply understand brown’s key ideas. Now I have her and the gorgeous voice of Toshi Regan guiding my reading and I feel like it’s an oasis of beauty during this really difficult time we are all living through. Thank you ladies for doing this incredible work!
I have been wanting to read the parables and this podcast has helped me to read through along with the episodes. It’s such a powerful book and I feel like I’m in a mini course with the clear guidance of these wonderful hosts. I love their insight and ability to bring the material into the present experience as well as the more universal themes.
All that you touch you change
Parable of the Sower literally changed my life. I’m glad this cast exists to bring Octavia Butler’s works to a larger audience.
Brilliant! Full of heart & piercing insight
Toshi & adrienne guide us on a glorious immersion into Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents. The inspiration gleaned and the questions offered each week/chapter feel like nourishment for our bone marrow. I’m loving going deeper with these books of vision, wisdom and truth. The music is fantastic too! Mimi Maduro Mosier, Oregon
Love this so much. One of the the things I truly look forward to each week in these crazy times. I’m telling everyone I know about it. Thank you Mujeres, for making this.
Timely and essential
So grateful for this deep dive into a crucial work that only speaks more to this country’s state now than when I first read it a few years ago. Hard and hopeful truths for difficult times. Much gratitude to you both offering this podcast.
For deep lovers of Octavia Butler’s work
These are the conversations I have always wanted to have about Octavia Butler’s work. Dive in and examine and reflect. It informs so vitally the unbelievable goings-on of these times.
So grateful for your gifts and devotion to Octavia E. Butler’s “Parables.” Octavia’s vision changed me irretrievably in the early 90’s, calling me to leave my safe corporate world, to grow organic food, and to write. I studied speculative fiction with Ms Butler in 1999. Lauren’s story and Earthseed thrums with truth today... a grounded, modern cousin to Taoism. I’m inviting friends to read “Parables” NOW, and sharing your podcast. How beautifully you honor her prophetic wisdom. Your songs enrich my blood, and test my bones. Thank you.
it’s a great format to overlay many important conversations. looking forward to the whole series!
Feels like my two older sisters guiding me through the parables and introducing me to Mrs. Butlers work...Has become a part of my self-care routine, reading a chapter then listening in ❤️.
So grateful for this amazing podcast! Thank you. Opportunity to reflect on personal histories and possibilities of world making with all the shaping influences, growing out of the work of genius Octavia Butler. So tenderly and brilliantly held by adrienne maree brown and Toshi Reagon. The music is gorgeous too.